Toskala not done

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke shot down reports that a sore groin, which plagued starting goaltender Vesa Toskala early in the season, has flared up again and the club is considering shutting him down for the rest of season if the injury doesn't improve.

"That's news to me," Burke said yesterday. "He's had soreness all year in his hip/abdomen (but) there has been no discussion of shutting him down."

Toskala missed one game Dec. 22 in Atlanta because of a sore groin.

Lots of moves

The Leafs recalled goaltender Justin Pogge for last night's game in Buffalo, and sent defenceman Jonas Frogren down to the Marlies for the first time this season. The first-year NHL defenceman, signed as a free agent in the off-season from the Swedish Elite League, has been a healthy scratch 11 times for the Leafs this season, and the last three games. The Leafs also assigned winger Andre Deveaux to the Marlies. Deveaux was called up on Nov.27 to give the Leafs some toughness, but has been a healthy scratch the last seven games. There's much speculation around Leafland that Curtis Joseph, the regular back up for Toskala, will not start another game this season, other than on an emergency basis. Joseph picked up his 450th career victory on Dec.30 against Atlanta.

Haggy's visor

Leafs winger Niklas Hagman wore a visor for first game this season on Tuesday against the Florida Panthers. Hagman suffered a concussion on Dec.6 and missed four games.

"I felt OK, until I hit the ref (Greg Kimmerly) and then I almost ate half of my visor," Hagman said of the visor. "A couple of days ago, I started to think about things and it popped up to my mind that I'm going to try a visor. I spoke with (defenceman) Mike Van Ryn and he said he hasn't noticed any difference (wearing the visor) and if it helps to prevent an eye injury and stuff like that, well, I might as well wear it."


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